Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Monday is for KC in 3D

Here's a few pics I took from around the city over the past few weeks. Instead of just posting them in my normal boring way, i decided to post them in a new boring 3D way! That's right, the Wide Angle is implementing cheap tricks and bribery to get attention.

So, how do you see these suckers? Kind of like those pictures that were popular for about 10 minutes back in the 90's (the ones with all the dots on them and when you screwed up your eyes you could see a bad sailboat), these work the same way.

Sit straight in front of the picture & start to look at it/them. Then cross your eyes until you see a third image in the middle. At some point, your eyes will kind of 'grab onto' this image & there it is.

Take a look. Cheap parlor tricks aside, happy Memorial Day & dont get a headache.
- L

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Silueta Peru

Now that the Otras Americas exhibit is winding down, I've been cleaning up space on my computer, a large part of which includes pictures from the past year. I took a lot of pictures down there. I really mean a lot. I purposely held back most of my favorites because of the show and various other reasons ranging from laziness and personal selfishness. While I'm still going to hold off on the pictures from the show, most likely permanently, I still want to post a few of my other favorites.

After I got back from the trip and started reviewing the pics, I noticed several recurring themes. None of these 'themes' were planned, but when you take over a thousand pictures (waaaay over a thousand pictures), commonalities are bound to show by chance alone. It was Louis Pasteur that said 'Chance favors the prepared mind.' and 'Does this milk taste funny?'

This first set is one that I thought was kind of cool. Most of the pictures are perfect examples of 'poor exposure' for anyone considering teaching, but I just like how they look when put together. They're not scenic, there are no faces to speak of, a couple of them are out of focus, they're just pieces of time.

Here's twenty or so pictures from Silueta Peru.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

KC Literature Festival

Saturday was the Kansas City Literature Festival and I headed down to get the skinny on it. Being a huge book fan, I probably had much higher expectations than I really should have and it was a bit of a letdown. I pictured rows upon rows of used books and beatniks smoking long cigarettes all over the place. What I got was kiosk after kiosk of local book groups with very little content. Only the Rainy Day Books tent was worth spending any time at. I'll stick with BookMooch, Amazon.Used and Half Priced Books I suppose.

At any rate, I'm a big fan o' readin' (not so much lately, but se la vie) and I decided to put together a quick list of the books I've been reading over the past few months and a simple (*) rating from my worthless opinion. Some people write about movies, some about how much they hate their job or whatever. I write about books and take bad pictures with my new camera....

Here's what's been going on around my bookshelves lately in between taking care of my massive house, going to garage sales and planning my next journey into the unknown:

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (*****) - a great book
Companions of Jehu by Alexandre Dumas (*****)- a great book by my favorite author
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (****) - this took a bit to get into, but ended up being really good.
The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde(*****) - a new 'favorite' author
Better Than Sex by Hunter S. Thompson(***) - kind of long book without any real direction, even by HST standards.
The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers(*****) - unbelievably entertaining. Kind of felt like a kids book, but that's how i roll.
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman(****) - very sad/happy book about a WWII zoo that was used to hide refugees in the Warsaw ghettos in Poland.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs(****)- classic book. Everyone should read it.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (**) - you either love this book or hate it. I wasn't feeling this book the way I normally feel Dickens.

Ohh, and here's some pictures:

Monday, May 12, 2008

Muchas Madres

This weekend was so hectic that it went by in a flash. A good flash, but a flash none the less. Thanks to my cousin getting hitched in KC, we were able to have a somewhat impromptu family reunion. The big red house was bursting at the seams, sleeping 11 people. The kitchen was used and abused by my mother who managed to cook breakfast for 17 people on Saturday morning and i learned that this was not an appropriate statement:

"Happy Mother's Day mom! Why dont you show off those mad dishwashing skills that make you so great? If you could start with the wine glasses, that would be swell!"

This was the first time in quite a while that the whole Hutmacher clan was under one roof, and this time we added one. Abby & John's new baby girl, Madison, who is so new she still has the plastic protective covering over her eyes and a washing-instruction tag on her heel.

Masked Jr. Hipsters Invade 39th Street

I was headed down through Westport Saturday and ran across some ruckus and naturally decided to stop and take some pictures. A bunch o' folks were out protesting Scientology, which, in case you dont know it, is the 'religion' that was created by a science fiction writer who was rumored to say once: "The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion."

Then he did what 99% of the world doesn't do when they come across an idea, he actually did it. By drugging John Travolta when he was still high on Pulp Fiction fumes, he got him to sign up to do Battlefield Earth, which we can only assume was Tom Cruises favorite movie ever, and the rest is history. Now, the business is hoes in every area code and their stacks of loot roll thick, mainly because they claim to be a religion and therefore get massive tax breaks.

Anyway, here are some pictures. However, my dad couldn't help ask me, if they really want to protest, wouldn't it say more if they we rent doing it anomalously?

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Fotografías de la Exposición Otras Américas

I want to thank everyone that made it out to the Otras Americas artists reception last weekend. The turnout was great & it was just a really fun night. Here are a few pictures of the show, believe me the pictures in the show are much better than these.

The show will be running for about two more weeks, so if you're in the 'hood, feel free to stop in. Tell them Luke sent you. That wont get you anything of course, but it may make you feel better.


Friday, May 02, 2008

Shameless Self-Promotion III: Otras Americas Tonight!

Tonight is the artist's reception for the Otras Americas exhibit at City Arts in Wichita. If you're out & about in the air capital, stop by and steal something off the wall.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Headshots Vol 2: Wayside Waifs

I had the chance to break away from the bustle of airports and confusing databases the other evening and decided to hit Wayside Waifs for another round of pictures. These poor souls are up for adoption right now and if you adopt any of them, let me know & i'll get you a nice and cool print of one of their pictures.

On a side note: We had a jailbreak this week with Turbo. He managed to, not only escape his pen, but open a door and run off. It took us 10 minutes to realize that he even got outside, then we had to hit the big red Ghostbusters "ESCAPE" button & the whole joint went on lockdown like an episode of OZ until we found him. It was great!